Lot 296

London 2011

1980 Ferrari Pinin Prototipo by Pininfarina


£480,000 - £550,000 GBP | Not Sold

United Kingdom | London, United Kingdom



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Addendum: Please note the 1980 Ferrari Pinin Prototype by Pinin Farina was originally manufactured as an undriveable show car.

• The one and only four-door Ferrari ever built

• A unique homage to Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina

• Formerly in the Jacques Swaters Collection

The 1980 Turin Motor Show marked the 50th anniversary of Pininfarina, and rumours abounded that the celebrated company was going to unveil a unique concept car for Ferrari. To great fanfare the first ever four-door Ferrari was duly unveiled. Sergio Pininfarina, now head of the legendary design firm, named the car in honour of his father and founder of the company, Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina.

The Ferrari Pinin had a wheelbase five centimetres longer than the Ferrari 400 and the 365 GT4 2+2. The futuristic design was the work of Diego Ottina under the direction of Leonardo Fioravanti, who had also been responsible for some of Pininfarina’s greatest Ferrari designs since the ’60s.

Aside from the four-door body style, one of the most notable features of the car was the very low height of the hood. Strikingly, the windows were tinted and mounted flush to hide the A- and B-pillars, giving the impression of a single piece of glass wrapping all the way around from C-pillar to C-pillar. Other unique features of this concept car included ‘multi-parabolic’ lights. Designed in conjunction with Lucas, they were incorporated into the body and utilised three lenses, with the middle one the same colour as the bodywork. The windscreen wipers retracted under a panel to help with streamlining, and the five-spoke wheels were angled like the blades of a turbine.

Interior appointments were given a high priority; special tan Connolly leather wraps most surfaces, and onboard computerisation controls all the passenger comfort features. Along with the extra legroom, afforded by the Pinin’s lengthened wheelbase, the rear-seated passengers also have their own controls as well as a second radio to be used with headphones (much like modern passenger cars).

Though the Pinin concept certainly appeared extremely advanced for the early ’80s, much of the technology was only a conceptualisation of what may have been. Sadly, the Pinin was never to make it into production. FIAT, Ferrari’s parent company, was busy developing smaller cars, such as the Uno, and wasn’t about to spend its precious resources on the first four-door Ferrari. The concept was featured at a number of shows, including the 1980 Los Angeles Auto Show and Carrozzeria Italiana in Pasadena in 1981, however, the Pinin would remain a static show car.

The Pininfarina design slowly faded from memory until years later, when it was sold to Jacques Swaters, the famed head of the successful Ecurie Francorchamps Belgian racing team and close friend of Enzo Ferrari. In 2005, Mr. Swaters showed the Pinin at the Essen Motor Show, which was notably part of Pininfarina’s 75th anniversary celebration. In 2008, Mr. Swaters sold the Pinin to its current owner at RM’s Ferrari – Leggenda e Passione auction.

After 30 years, the meticulously preserved Pinin is a credit to its namesake and his company. It is accompanied in the sale by a truly impressive and irreplaceable history file. As the only four-door Ferrari, the Pinin is a unique, forward-thinking design statement that embodies the longstanding relationship between one of the world’s finest sports car builders and its preferred coachbuilder and designer.

Please note this lot is being sold as an item of memorabilia.